NEW YORK—FTI Consulting and Brunswick continue to lead the global ranking of public relations advisors on mergers and acquisitions in terms of volume, but Joele Frank Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher and Abernathy MacGregor have shot to the top of the list when it comes to value of transactions worked in the first three quarters, according to the rankings produced by mergermarket.
Globally, FTI has worked on 142 deals so far this year, ahead of Brunswick (130), Sard Verbinnen (76), Kekst (71), and Citigate (69). But Joele Frank was involved in deals worth more than $240 billion and Abernathy worked on more than $212 billion—both of them boosted by working for the bidder and seller respectively Verizon Communications’ bid for Vodafone’s stake in Verizon Wireless, the biggest deal of the year so far.
Brunswick, in third place, worked on deals worth more than $165 billion, advising bidders on three of the top five deals of the year.
In the US, Sard Verbinnen was number one in terms of volume (72 deals), ahead of Kekst, Joele Frank, Brunswick, and Abernathy, with Joele Frank and Abernathy one and two in terms of value.
In Europe, FTI and Brunswick took the top two spots in terms of volume, beating out Maitland, Citigate, and College Hill. RLM Finsbury was number one in terms of deal value, ahead of Maitland and its sister agency Abernathy.
In the UK, FTI was number one in terms of volume, ahead of Maitland and College Hill. In Germany, Hering Schuppener worked on more deals than any other firm, beating FTI and the CNC unit of MSLGroup. In France, Image Sept was number one, followed by Brunswick and Citigate. And in Italy, Barabino was the leader, ahead of Community Group and RLM Finsbury.
Brunswick was number one in Asia in terms of volume and value, with FTI in the number two spot in both rankings. Rounding out the top five in terms of volume were Hong Kong firm Wonderful Sky, Citigate, and Newgate Consulting.